Spacey Gets Paternal

01/04/1999 at 12:00 AM EST

Now that Kevin Spacey has set the record straight about his sexuality by telling Playboy magazine he digs women, he says he's ready to have kids. The Oscar-winning actor only recently came out as a heterosexual, after refusing to address rumors (fueled by a profile in Esquire magazine) that he is gay. Now he tells Los Angeles magazine that he's "gotten to a place" in his life where fatherhood "seems like the next logical step." Spacey, who is getting excellent reviews for his role as a demented but liberated father in "American Beauty," says he shunned any kind of serious relationship because of the nature of his profession. Being an actor, the 40-year-old professes, is "hard on relationships, hard on marriages, hard if you have kids."

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